Former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande has died in Lagos, at the age of 91.
Jakande was born July 23, 1929 in Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos and ruled Lagos State from 1979 – 1983.
He was elected on the platform of defunct Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN), defeating his opponents Adeniran Ogunsanya of NNP and Sultan Ladega Adeniji Adele of National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
In Lagos, Jakande introduced housing and educational programmes targeting the poor, building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools as well as providing free primary and secondary education.
After the military coup in 1983, Jakande was arrested, charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason. He was later pardoned.
He was appointed Minister of Works under the late Sani Abacha military regime.
He was educated at a Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island and Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt.
He was briefly at King’s College, Lagos in 1943.
He then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.
In 1949, Jakande began a career in journalism, first in Daily Times before he joined the Nigerian Tribune in 1953 where he was appointed editor-in-chief by the Publisher, Obafemi Awolowo.